Charles Krauthammer said one of the White House's top intelligence officials spoke in a "Clintonian" manner during questioning Wednesday.

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding whether he was "pressured" in any way by President Trump.

In a stern line of questioning, Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) pressed Coats to say whether Trump "directed" him to shape his intelligence reporting in a particular way.

Coats said he never felt "pressured" to do so.


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When asked to elaborate, Coats said he did not find it "appropriate" to discuss private conversations with Trump in public session.

King was not satisfied with the answer, and asked again why Coats wouldn't do so.

Krauthammer said King was right to question Coat's answer because he did not invoke an executive privilege power in refusing to answer.

He called the episode "rather Clintonian."

Krauthammer said Coats was saying "It depends on what 'directed' means," in a nod to President Clinton debating the "definition of 'is'" during the Lewinsky scandal.

Watch the clip above, and check out Eric Bolling's criticism of King's remarks on terrorism HERE.


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